We're cruise veterans having done almost 30 cruises with various lines. Most were with Celebrity in earlier days - 17 previous on Meridian, Zenith, Horizon, Constellation, Millenium, Century. We've sailed also on Cunard, Oceania, and Regent. This was our first time with Celebrity after the bigger Solstice class ships were introduced. Typically, we're not too fond of big ships. But we needed a shorter 7-day itinerary, were intrigued with the idea of sailing on a brand new ship, and so we opted to try Reflection.
One of the most noticeable impressions we had was the fact that, at almost no time, did the ship seem crowded - despite the fact that it was sold out. The number and distribution of public rooms has been well thought out. Yes the outdoor pool deck was hopping full on sea days but that seems to be the case regardless of ship. There were plenty of lounge chairs located in many places outdoors so that finding space was not a problem. The Solstice deck way up on top is a well-kept secret that offers a quieter option for lounging and there are shaded canopies if full sun isn't your thing.
We decided to try an Aqua Class veranda cabin and were very pleased. There has been a reduction in closet/cabinet storage space but it was still sufficient. The bathroom is very nicely laid out - best we have found save for suite accommodations on other ships at greatly increased prices. The shower spa is worth the trip alone. Our stateroom attendants were super accommodating, unobtrusive, and very efficient. On some ships our cabin has not been serviced until after lunch - which can be annoying. Most mornings our guys were in and out before ten a.m.
The most enjoyable aspect of the cruise was for us being able to dine in Blu. The menu choices, preparation, and service are easily equal to the most expensive Grill classes on Cunard - if not superior. We love Murano and did dine there one evening. I think these original specialty restaurants which date from Celebrity's early days with Michel Roux cannot be equaled on any other cruise line. Yes there is an upcharge but it is well worth it. Our experience with Blu was so very satisfying that we cancelled reservations in other restaurants and dined there every other evening. Oceanside Cafe is pretty busy during lunch hour but offers a spectacular variety of selections.
I wish I could comment about the entertainment on board but we rarely stay up long enough for that. I will say that the theatre was lovely. The musical groups on board were first-rate and that is not always the case. Wi-Fi access was generally pretty decent all over the ship and, as Elite members of Captain's Club, we had 90 free minutes which was plenty.
We were so pleased with our experience that we'll be back on Reflection next December again.